Eutaxia microphylla (R.Br.) C.H.Wright & Dewar

Johnson’s Gard. Dict. 1052 (1894) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Variable heath-like shrub to 1.5 m tall; stems dense and intricate or erect, usually glabrous, smaller ones often spinescent. Leaves linear to linear-oblong, lanceolate, ovate or obovate, mostly 1.5–7 mm long, to c. 3 mm wide, green on both surfaces or brownish below, crowded to distant, flat or slightly concave, usually glabrous except for a few marginal cilia, subsessile, apex obtuse to subacute. Flowers c. 6 mm long, solitary or rarely paired; pedicels 1–2 mm long, glabrous; bracteoles 1–4 mm long, persistent. Calyx 2.5–4 mm long, glabrous or sparsely hairy, teeth equal to or longer than tube; standard broader than long, yellow, often streaked purple or red; wings yellow; keel purple. Pod 4–5 mm long; seeds usually 2, c. 2.5 mm long, brown-black.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim.

2 varieties (previously treated as species).

The two varieties are sometimes found growing together or in near proximity, and intermediates, possibly the result of hybridization, have been collected at several localities. These plants often have the longer, broader, more distant leaves of var. diffusa but the strongly red- or purple-streaked flowers of var. microphylla.

Source: Jeanes, J.A. (1996). Fabaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-11
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Eutaxia microphylla in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Eutaxia microphylla in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native

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